I recently decided to try something I’ve never had before at Phoenix’s vegan stronghold – Green New American Vegetarian in Tempe – the No Harm Chicken Parm sandwich. I’ve never understood the concept of chicken parmesan – vegan or not. Why would you take a perfectly fried piece of food and cover it in sauce and melted cheese, thus destroying the crispy goodness of the breading? However, I’ve eaten so much rice and Asian food recently that I was craving something totally different. When we went to Green last weekend, I decided to give it a try and see what I was missing.
Much to my delight – I now have a new favorite menu item at Green. I liked it so much I went back for lunch during the work week and had it again!
The breaded mock-chicken was indeed perfectly fried, but the sauce and vegan cheese (unfortunately not Daiya) gave it a tangy zest that I didn’t expect, and it didn’t offend me texture-wise as much as I thought it would. The mock-chicken cutlet was thicker than what they use for the Secret BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Spicy Peanut Chicken Salad, and held together well. Now I’m wondering what else I can order with their breaded vegan chicken. If I could get them to put it on a bun with just some pickles, it might be the illusive vegan Chick-fil-a replacement I’ve been seeking for years!
My husband also tried something that I don’t think we’ve had before, or at least couldn’t remember – the Mongolian Bowl.
He ordered it with crispy tofu and rice. The tamari sauce was light and somewhat dry – a very basic item that didn’t stand out compared to some of the other bowls like the Thai Peanut bowl. He thinks it would have been more flavorful if he had ordered it with the mock chicken.
We also tried one of the Soynami specials – I think it was called Dee’s Hazelnut.
It was a full-on chocolate and hazelnut delight, with tons of giant pieces of chocolate to chomp on. I still prefer the chocolate and peanut butter Soynami, but it was a fun end to a great meal.